Hockey Correspondent and Occasional Shakespeare Character, White Cover Magazine
Will Jarome Iginla retire a Calgary Flame?
Probably, yeah. I mean, these days, teams are signing their favourite players for just one day so they can officially retire as a member of their alumni. It was cool the first time. Now it’s a little contrived.
The real question is, will Jarome Iginla take a detour on his road to Alberta infamy, which I’m going to assume comes with a free Chevy pickup and a $50 gift certificate to Jack Astor’s?
“Time is ticking away on the Jarome Iginla era in Calgary, as the most popular player in franchise history has yet to decide whether he wants to remain with the Flames,” wrote Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun.
“Iginla’s agent, Don Meehan, has given the Calgary Sun an ominous update on the situation between the two sides, saying the Flames captain is “not currently in negotiations” with the NHL club he’s played with the last 18 years.
“It’s a surprising revelation that speaks to just how close Iginla may be to opting out of Calgary to chase his Stanley Cup dreams elsewhere.”
The NHL’s trade deadline is April 3, and Iginla — who has 19 points in 23 games this year for an offensively stunted Flames team — will be an unrestricted free agent at season’s end.